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By Neil Sheehan

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In this magisterial booklet, a monument of background and biography that was once presented the nationwide ebook Award and the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, popular journalist Neil Sheehan tells the tale of Lieutenant Colonel John Paul Vann–"the one irreplaceable American in Vietnam"–and of the tragedy that destroyed that nation and the lives of such a lot of Americans.

Outspoken and fearless, John Paul Vann arrived in Vietnam in 1962, filled with self assurance in America's may possibly and correct to be successful. A vivid Shining Lie finds the reality in regards to the struggle in Vietnam because it spread out ahead of Vann's eyes: the confidence corruption of the U.S. army method of the Nineteen Sixties, the incompetence and venality of the South Vietnamese military, the nightmare of demise and destruction that all started with the coming of the yankee forces. Witnessing the boldness and self-deception firsthand, Vann positioned his lifestyles and occupation at the line in an try to persuade his superiors that the battle will be fought in a different way. yet by the point he died in 1972, Vann had embraced the follies he as soon as decried. He went to his grave believing that the battle have been won.

A haunting and severely acclaimed masterpiece, A brilliant Shining Lie is a undying account of the yank adventure in Vietnam–a paintings that's epic in scope, piercing intimately, and informed with the willing realizing of a journalist who used to be truly there.Neil Sheehan' s vintage serves as a gorgeous revelation for all who notion they understood the war.

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